Infinite peace at Anantyta Resorts

Welcome to the latest in my Hotels I Love series: Anantya Resorts. Like its name suggests, Anantya has infinite possibilities for leaving behind the cares of city life and embracing the peace and quiet of this fertile land. When I reached, I had no plans for the next two days, and I was quite happy…

My stay at Jungle Lodges, Bandipur

When we reached the Bandipur Safari Lodge, run by Jungle Lodges, it was only 11 am. We had left Bangalore early in the morning, and even with multiple breakfast and rest stops, we made it to Bandipur sooner than anticipated. The folks at the check in counter were kind enough to give us a room…

The Bungalow on the Beach

A few months ago, we went on a road trip through Thanjavur and Kumbakonam, then going up north towards Tranquebar, before finally fetching up at Pondicherry. By the time we – we were tired of the hectic temple visits in and around Thanjavur. And all we wanted to do was put our feet up and…

5 ways to experience Shreyas Yoga Retreat

I recently spent a couple of relaxing, refreshing days at Shreyas Yoga Retreat near Bangalore – less than two hours’ drive from where I live, and from the international airport. Spread over 25 acres of elegantly maintained grounds, Shreyas is in every way the quiet retreat that it promises to be. The focus here is…

My Spafari experience in South Africa

This is how it works at the Karkloof Safari Spa. They stop you at the main gate to verify your credentials and then phone the reception to expect you. You drive on further on the mud track and reach the reception area. After those last fifteen bumpy minutes on a gravel path, those cold towels…

Hotels I love: Chamba Camp TUTC

There are those who, when they go camping, want to leave it all behind. And then there are those who want to take it all with them. And want to have it all when they get there. I belong to the latter group. Love and fresh air may be enough for some; I look for…

6 great reasons to stay at The Khyber

I recently spent a lovely three days / nights at The Khyber in Gulmarg, my first visit to mainland Kashmir (I have only been to Ladakh earlier). I sipped on endless cups of Kahwa, rode up a gondola, got pampered at the spa and spent several hours gazing dreamily into the snowfall. I particularly liked…

Hotels I love: Heritage Madurai

Sri Lanka is dotted with stunning buildings and hotels created by the visionary architect Geoffrey Bawa. He was a master in the way every one of his buildings blends beautifully into the local environment. Bawa has worked outside Sri Lanka too and in India, he created the Madurai Club. And when the old Madurai Club…